As promised I am here to report that Elf, the 400-pound piggy originally slated for slaughter, is safe, sound and chomping on alfalfa at California's Animal Acres sanctuary for farm animals. The journey to this new home went smoothly, but was understandably bittersweet for Alexa and her mom, who had raised Elf from a piglet. But why don't I stop yammering and let Alexa's mom, Jami, tell you about the experience first hand?
I'm so honored to have had some small part in Elf's journey to a happy forever home. I've had the pleasure of visiting Animal Acres many times, and I have complete confidence that Elf will be loved and spoiled by Frank and the caring Animal Acres crew.
Elf's care and that of the other animal residents is costly, though. Thankfully, the freedom and peace found by animals at the sanctuary results in them living long, happy lives. So any donation you or your animal-loving friends can make for Elf and the others would help a great deal!
Frank emailed me to today to report that Elf had seemed a bit bored in his first days at the sanctuary, so they decided to go ahead and introduce him to the other pigs earlier than planned.
The introduction went great, and Elf is fitting right in with all of the other sanctuary residents. In fact, he already has his cute mug up on the website! Check him out in the Sanctuary Critters gallery among his new piggy friends.
Frank also relayed to me that Alexa and her mother called him to report that having now learned so much from the experience, they have decided to stop eating animals. What a wonderful tribute to Elf and Animal Acres!
I think the old rhyme needs a new verse: "This little piggy went to Sanctuary…"
I like that! It has a nice ring!
A big bravo and thanks to Alex, Jami, Lorri, Frank and the Animal Acres residents who have been so welcoming to Elf!
Dr. Pia Salk
P.S. Be sure to tune in to today's Martha Stewart show: I'll be live in the studio with Martha and some wonderful adoptable animals!